Colorado Real Estate is Essential Business
Updated: Jun 24, 2020
During the pandemic, many businesses that are considered "non-essential" have closed. Following the advice of the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, the closing of non-essential businesses is a great way to reduce your chances of contracting and spreading the Coronavirus. On March 24th, Denver mayor Michael Hancock announced a new Public Health Order with an explicit stay-at-home directive for Denver that will last until April 10th. A few days later, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties announced a similar order that will last until April 17. On the list of essential business, along with grocery stores and gas stations, is Real Estate. What does this mean?
Real Estate being considered an essential business in Colorado means that your agent is still working for you. Your agent is still out there working hard to get the best deal for you whether you are buying or selling. If you live outside the Denver area (and the counties listed above) you can still attend showings for properties that you are interested in. That's right, if you do not have a compromised immune system and are younger than 60, you can still go to showings if you are following the guidelines of the CDC and WHO. This includes washing your hands properly, coughing into your elbow, and refraining from touching your face. Talk to your agent to ensure that commonly touched surfaces are disinfected, like doorknobs and tabletops. Your agent can even provide you with a pair of gloves. It is common for agents to give you a ride to showings, especially if you have several to see in one day. However, your agent can also give you the addresses so that you can drive yourself and limit physical contact. If you don't have a GPS system in your car or on your phone, you agent can even give you driving instructions. Remember, we are here to help you no matter what. If you are interested in properties that are within the Denver metro area, then talk to your agent about a virtual tour. You can even ask them about using online, video-teleconferencing software like Zoom.
Remember, the circumstances due to the Coronavirus are always changing. If you are not sure whether showings are available to you, then contact your agent—they are on the front lines making sure they are compliant with state orders and keeping you safe. If showings are unavailable in your area then your agent will be there for you with photos, measurements, and virtual tours for the properties you want to see.